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Right out of the gate, this show is top-notch. Recording very well-balanced for a SBD as well: not too much vocals, which is the usual problem, and the band is singing well.
Phil especially is in top form: his boopity-booping in Sugaree is hilariously artistic. This is one of those shows where I'm listening to Phil way more than Jerry.
However, some of the jammier songs are not played very imaginatively and for some reason it sounds like the band are not leaving a lot of space for each other so that it's too dense for exploration. Still, this doesn't stop the Dark Star from being a work of genius, as with the spectacular Morning Dew.
It isn't 1975 yet, so Donna hasn't learned how to not be annoying at this stage. She straight up ruins Greatest Story and greatly roughens the preferably smooth waters of Sing Me Back Home.
chris phillips -
Subject: ratings post-Pig
rschwz: With DJ absent, would you give 5 stars for 9/27/72? Can't see otherwise.
This show features a beautiful Dark Star. No need for explanation. China Cat>Rider, Beat It, Greatest and Uncle John's are other highlights. Jerry is on AND Bob sounds great too 8/24.
8/21-9/28 is magnificent, generally speaking.
Subject: where's Ron?
More than the presence of DJ, the absence of Pigpen means this show can't get five stars!
Love this show. Why is the Ramble On and Greatest Story not shown on the setlist at Dead.net and Setlist.com? I just checked the copy I have of this show and they are on it, as well.
Subject: one of the best around
this show is just outstanding from start to finish, excellent set list all played excellently
as for the dark star, super intense super energy gets pretty wild at parts in there then settles nicely into the dew, one of the best things ever
uncle john encore is awesome as well!
Subject: For myself.
Decided to do a Grateful Dead Hour for myself. So I came to archive and searched for shows on this day in history. It wasn't my intention initially, but it seems as if I will be GDH'ing the rest of the week, as from the reviews, this was an epic week back in 1972.
I have given this recording a 4/5, only because I feel that Jean's vocals are a little loud which pretty much drown out everyone else when she's singing. She does sound sincere when Bobby introduces her though. :)
August '72 saw the Grateful Dead make a lot of magic and this show is no exception. Through in an incredible remaster by C Miller and your ears will think they died and went to the good place.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 24, 1972 at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Get all the GRATEFUL DEAD shows at the Berkeley Theater, August 21, 22, 24 & 25, 1972.
5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for Charlie Miller
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love from 1972.
Subject: Incredible Show
one of the best.... the entire Berkeley run is totally amazing. Thank you Charlie Miller for everything you do!
Subject: I love you a bushel and a peck
Listen at the very end of BIODTL for Keith picking out this little ditty from Guys And Dolls just before Jed starts.
lemon lime partridge -
Subject: so far from home...
1972! i so rarely make it out this far...
this is an amazing and beautiful show, this china cat is beautiful, everything is beautiful, from what i have heard of 8.27 this certainly measures up...
all of these august 72 shows just have the most beautiful spacey jams. this dark star is huge!
overall i might prefer 8.22 just for the ridiculous playin in the band & other one, but this playin in the band is pretty incredible as well...and there's just nothing like a dark star.
this show really is magnificent. it would be difficult to argue that 8/27 is any BETTER than this one (even though that one has a certain something...even in the recording itself).
the dark star is the shizzle...and the dew which follows is no slouch either.
if anything deserves 5 stars...
Subject: Another stellar '72 performance
often overshadowed by 8/27; but you'd be a fool to pass this one up.
simply heed jerry's advice and 'listen to the whistle of the acid train!'
oh, and listen to the good Dr. too.
Subject: great DS>DEW
yep, darkstar to dew is fine, I think both the 24th and 21st are superior to the 27th, Sure the Sing Me Back Home is well done as is the dark star, but these two dates levitate well beyond.
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Subject: Dark Star
Their is a "Dark Star" song, but this is the "DARK STAR" !!!! If i need to explain then u really don't need to listen this - but I still love ya
Ridiculous 1st set. sound quality is ok.
The Dstar is long and lusty and everything you hope a dstar can be. And then the magic comes, the incantation of something that haunted me greatly as a boy and still does today...in the form of the transition into Dew. i don't know who's playing strings (cello) but the boys let him lead the way, with phil close behind... and it's just impossible to describe the beauty that arises as the they slither into the Dew, which of course is a monster. Extraordinary.
Subject: What a trip
These Berkeley shows they played after coming back from Europe seemed "note perfect" at the time. I suppose that notion doesn't necessarily hold up, but I still love these shows. I think the 24th is the best of the bunch, and I refuse to invoke 8/27/72 for comparison. It's in a class by itself. I'd give this one 4 stars for general consumption. Where is the NRPS SBD from this night? One of the few Death and Destructions they ever played, and no, it's NOT Down By The River!
Subject: Old gem
Probably often overlooked due to the show up in Oregon a few days after - which is a mistake. I used to have the old tape and this DL brings it all back again.
They are in peak form, nailing everything they play. It deserves 5 stars, but, again, it sits in an unenviable position: just a few days before the most significant show in GD history. (Veneta deserves 9 out of 5.)
Def. worth a listen. Enjoy!
dr. flashback -
Subject: Top Ten!
Well I have loved 8/21 for a long time, but after hearing this show, it replaces it for my top 10. The 3rd of 4 nights in Berkeley where they are on a roll and climbing a musical peak that will summit on 8/27 at Veneta, OR. The first set is typical for late 72, with the welcome addition of Bird Song since Jerry brought it back a few weeks earlier. Playin is long and spacy. Jerry kicks off the second set with a rollicking Half Step - this is a good sign, no? The Dark Star>Morning Dew combo is near perfect, much like the 9/21 versions. Not as dissonant,more jazzy.The band really pours on the intensity. And Uncle John for the encore!! If you like 8/21, get this one folks.
A nice sound as well.